Friday, 18 November 2011

Creative with my limitations and focusing on the can-dos (AEDM2011)

To create every day you need to be able to adapt to and creatively use what each day brings.

I've wanted to create & post daily for Art Everyday Month like I managed last year. I've also yearned to visit other aedm participants and become an active part of the community like before. But this year I've been physically unable to do this. I've had to accept rest and healing time. Instead I've tried to find ways to be creative within these limitations.

For instance: It was important to put my energy into my daughter's Birthday a few days ago. I used my creative time to come up with new imaginative party games and activities and was happy that they were well received by the group of grinning girls. It wouldn't be appropriate to share the photos without parental permission but imagine giggles and plenty of creative activity. Oh and of course the prizes were an assortment of craft kits :-)

Also, whilst resting I've tried to work on projects that can be done at my own pace and from my armchair like the embroidered mandala that I did last week. (Thank you to everyone who left such supportive kind comments). And above you can see the result of me sitting down with material cuts and old buttons. I gradually matched, layered and assembled them into flower type corsages. I've used felt between layers to add dimension and was pleased to find a couple of buttons from my pre-loved collection to provide matching centres.  I'm hoping to eventually embellish these with some embroidery and attach to bags/purses.

Finding ways to create during challenging times and despite limitations keeps me positive. It gives me a positive focus on what I can-do rather than dwell on what I'm not able to do.

So I am participating in AEDM2011 in the ways I'm able to. I really hope I feel up to visiting you all soon but meanwhile thank you so so much for visiting my last few posts and leaving such lovely comments. They are a huge support.

  • Today and every day try to focus on what you 'can' do.
  • What can-dos are you celebrating? 

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  1. Focusing on what we "can" do is very important. I am attempting to bounce back from a bout of depression that was influenced by the nasty side-effects of interferons. Finally back at work, and trying to catch up, keep up with all my interests. I wish and pray for you a healing peace.

  2. Living the creative life in the ways that you can is really all that anyone can do. I'm always inspired by how much you manage. The embroidered mandala looks amazing, btw! I still haven't finished my little collaged embroidery that I started ages ago and although I was hoping to take part in AEDM, I haven't been doing so much art lately. Eventually I'll get out of this slump.

    Thank YOU for the lovely supportive comments you always leave for me on my blog. I feel that we are kindred spirits and totally agree that if we lived closer we'd be fast friends in person, too.

    Hugs to you. I'm sending thoughts of healing energy your way.

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  4. Oh wow, your embroidered mandala is beautiful! You can REALLY feel the time, care and love that has been stitched into your beautiful piece. Gorgeous colourful flowers too!
    I'm glad to hear you are still feeling creative and able to create in some way, definitely good for the soul and taking our mind off the bothersome things. Sending much love and healing hugs xx

  5. these are up most beautiful WOW
    your art never seaces to amaze me.
    Good to see you are creatin!!

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  7. You're a continuing insiration, Kat. Wishing you and yours a very lovely Christmas xxxx


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